see a more worried parent than one with concern about food and their child. We
live in a land of plenty with virtually no failure to thrive but with
ever-increasing percentage of overweight and obese children; yet you would
never think so from the questions from parents. With anxiety etched
across their faces, the questions come: Why is my toddler so picky? Is my child
sick since he doesn't eat enough? Will my child's limited palette lead to
health problems? The fact is children regulate their intake quite nicely.
Throughout your child's life, you should envision yourself simply as a purveyor
of foods and drink to introduce to your child. The simplicity is scary.
The rules of nutrition are these: Parents control: What, When,
Where. Children control: If and How much. These rules are so important
they are called the Cardinal Rules, suggested in 1999 by Dr. Blank. The
information on our site will help you make sense of them.
Meeting a growing child's energy needs through all the stages of life leads to
huge variations. At Pediatrics East we are here to help guide you through these
changing stages of your child's development. At each of the well child check
ups, we will be discussing with you the dietary guidelines and pitfalls that
you can use to influence the healthy eating habits throughout your child's
page was authored by Dr. Melissa Adams.